Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


The aim is to equip midwifery students with the knowledge to be able to assist the childbearing woman and her family to achieve the most optimal health possible, regardless of current health challenges or risk status.

This course extends on the concepts of psychophysiology and allostasis that were introduced in MIDI1201. Students will learn the biological basis for understanding how the various stressors can lead to genetic mutations, problems with genetic expression and activation of the stress response. The effects of acute and chronic stress will be considered for the woman, her partner, the foetus and the baby.

Meeting human needs is the basis for health and well-being; thus, unmet human needs are the causes stress and illness. In Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs, the following categories of needs are addressed: physiological, safety and security, love and belonging, self-esteem and spiritual.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Draw upon psychophysiology and apply concepts from genetics, epigenetics, allostasis and the stress and relaxation responses to the childbearing woman, her partner the fetus and the baby

2. Work with the woman and her partner to support them to meet their own needs and that of their fetus and baby in the following categories: a)Physiological needs b)Safety needs c) Love and belonging needs d) Self-esteem needs e) Self-actualisation and spiritual needs


This course is comprised of six modules.

  • Module 1: Psychophysiology and Health Promotion
  • Module 2: Healthy Satisfaction of Physiological Needs:   Nutrition, Sleep, Exercise
  • Module 3: Healthy Satisfaction of Safety and Security Needs
  • Module 4 Healthy Satisfaction of Love and Belonging Needs
  • Module 5: Healthy Satisfaction of Self-esteem Needs
  • Module 6: Healthy Satisfaction of Self-actualisation and Spiritual Needs


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Midwifery program. Pre-requisite- successful completion of MIDI1201 and MIDI1202

Assumed knowledge

First Year Bachelor of Midwifery courses.

Assessment items

In Term Test: In class exam *

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case study *

Online Learning Activity: 3a Online module postings and 3b Collate all four postings *

Participation: Preparation for and participation in tutorials *

Written Assignment: Research awareness exercise (Optional activity)

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Tutorial: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Student required to attend 80% of tutorials

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Participation: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Online Learning Activity: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • In Term Test: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.